UW-Eau Claire Alumni

Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award
2017 Recipient

The Outstanding Recent Alumnus Award, which acknowledges special achievements and great promise of alumni who are within 15 years of their graduation from UW-Eau Claire.

Dang Yang

Dang Yang '08, bachelor's degree in public communication

 Dang Yang has emerged as an outstanding leader in advising, recruitment and retention of diverse and underrepresented students in higher education. In 2016 he was named diversity manager at Chippewa Valley Technical College. Yang previously had served since 2008 as multicultural recruitment and retention coordinator in the School of Education at UW-Stout. In 2012, he earned a master's degree in multicultural college teaching and learning from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. In 2015 Yang received two prestigious awards: the Ann Lydecker Educational Diversity Award from the state Council on Affirmative Action and the Friend of Education Award from the state Department of Public Instruction. Both awards recognized Yang's commitment to recruiting and retaining students from diverse populations pursuing careers in the teaching profession. Yang’s parents came to the U.S. as refugees in 1979 as a result of the Vietnam War. His family's experience has had the greatest impact on his motivation and career path. "From the ashes of this historical trauma, I am driven by a burning desire to help people,” Yang says. “As such, I inadvertently — and most happily — found the starting point of my career." Dr. Judy Sims, UW-Eau Claire professor emerita of communication and journalism, remembers Yang as a student who had a sincere respect for education, which he demonstrated both inside and outside of class. "Dang is a young leader with vision and great promise — and a serious force for diverse, low-income and underrepresented students,” Sims says. “He inspires and motivates; his actions, which challenge the status quo, serve to strengthen our community and enlighten academia."